Estelle’s opening in former Nichols Lunch spot

Anton Kotar, a co-founder of Grinders and former partner in the Crossroads venue and now owner/operator of Anton’s Taproom in the Crossroads, is helping with the new restaurant. Estelle’s will have traditional diner items but with high-quality ingredients.

Area home sales decline slightly, but prices rise

The Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors said sales of new and existing homes totaled 3,086 last month, down 1 percent from July 2013. The average sales price for new and existing homes in July was $205,109, up 4 percent from the same month last year.

Efforts advance to stabilize the schedules of part-time workers

Proponents say a “schedules that work” law would help part-time workers have more predictable shifts, making it easier to plan family activities and possibly hold a second part-time job. Opponents say the proposal ignores the variability of business staffing needs and is an unwanted government intrusion.

Estelle’s opening in former Nichols Lunch spot

Anton Kotar, a co-founder of Grinders and former partner in the Crossroads venue and now owner/operator of Anton’s Taproom in the Crossroads, is helping with the new restaurant. Estelle’s will have traditional diner items but with high-quality ingredients.

Area home sales decline slightly, but prices rise

The Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors said sales of new and existing homes totaled 3,086 last month, down 1 percent from July 2013. The average sales price for new and existing homes in July was $205,109, up 4 percent from the same month last year.

Efforts advance to stabilize the schedules of part-time workers

Proponents say a “schedules that work” law would help part-time workers have more predictable shifts, making it easier to plan family activities and possibly hold a second part-time job. Opponents say the proposal ignores the variability of business staffing needs and is an unwanted government intrusion.

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Waddell & Reed Financial tops the rankings

The Overland Park mutual fund manager has outpaced rivals in attracting investors’ dollars by its strong performance and variety of offerings. And the Ivy Funds, which Waddell manages alongside its Waddell & Reed Funds, had a big hand in this year’s showing.

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HOK will acquire Kansas City-based 360 Architecture

HOK, an architecture, engineering and design company with offices in 23 cities around the world, will have a Kansas City footprint again with its acquisition of 360 Architecture. The leading designer of stadiums, ballparks, arenas, recreation centers and entertainment districts will re-energize HOK’s sports facility business, a practice it spun off in 2008.

Technology

Sprint, last among networks, pushes a new device and an app offer

Sprint, which ranked fourth in a RootMetrics report to Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile, said it had exclusive rights to offer the Aquos Crystal, a phone from Sharp that pushes its display screen to the edges of the device. Another new offering is the App Pass, a subscription service that provides access to a catalog of mobile apps and games.